Gummy bears are a soft jelly style lolly in the shape of a bear, coming in a variety of fruit flavours. They are small enough to appeal to our very young customers as well as those in later years who want a fruity soft lolly without a sugar coating (as is the case for most soft jubes and fruit rings). In my generation the bear lollies were honey bears that are a harder jelly lolly about the consistency of wine gums but with a distinct honey flavour and aroma ……but I digress
You will get 55 gummi bears in 100g and they contain glucose syrup, sugar, gelatine, flavouring, vegetable oil, colours. We also carry sugar free gummi bears which contain maltitol syrup, gelatine, water, flavourings, colours. They are the same size and weight as the sugar full gummi bears!
In recent times the gummi bear song has made the lolly popular by association. “I’m A Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)” is a novelty dance song by German composer Christian Schneider and released by Gummybear International. It received international and internet success, in part, due to its corresponding video clip. The song has since been released in at least twenty five languages and has virally spread worldwide with more than 1 billion plays of the corresponding videos on YouTube and MySpace. So here it is:
The gummi bear originated in Germany, where it is popular under the name Gummibär (rubber bear) or Gummibärchen (little rubber bear). Hans Riegel Sr., a candy maker from Bonn, started the Haribo company in 1920. In 1922, he invented the Dancing Bear, a fruit-flavored gum made in the shape of a bear. The success of the Dancing Bear’s successor would later become Haribo’s world-famous Gold-Bears in 1967.
Gummi bears are also one of the few types of candy to have been turned into a television show.
Here’s a tasty summer treat to make with your gummi bears: